March 8, 2009
Photo of alleged
Level 12 Dulce Base
RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO - Norio Hayakawa is a resident of Rio
Rancho who believes that wild rumors may not always bring a bad name
to a community or hurt it. Sometimes they bring curiosity seekers,
and even tourism may flourish. Take, for example, the city of
And when it comes to the subject of UFOs, Hayakawa believes
that there is a much more interesting area in New Mexico than
According to Hayakawa, Dulce, New Mexico, a sleepy little town of
less than 4000 (inhabited by the Jicarilla Apache nation), has
attracted quite a number of UFO and conspiracy buffs ever since
rumors surfaced in the mid-80s that a U.S./alien joint biological
laboratory and base exists a mile under the town's Archuleta Mesa.
"This rumor has become so well known
among UFO buffs around the world that anyone doing a Yahoo or
Google search on Dulce, New Mexico would find the bulk of over
300,000 search results related to the alleged underground base,"
Skeptical of such claims, Hayakawa, a
retired funeral director, visited the town of Dulce in 1990 with the
crew of a Japanese television program to attempt to document the
existence of such an alien base.
The History Channel's
presentation of the alleged
As was expected, the new episode of the History
Channel's UFO Hunters program ("Underground Alien
Bases") which was aired on Wednesday, March 25, was
quite interesting but too sensationalistic. Of course
that is the nature of almost all UFO programs on TV. It
is about making money. Therefore the more sensational
the story is the better it is for the TV producers.
Unfortunately this is the way it is.
I was an activist in the 90's on environmental issues. I
became involved in investigating Area 51 in Nevada back
then. My main issue with Area 51 in Nevada was the
government's illegal burning of toxic chemicals in open
pits at Area 51. I organized in 1998 a People's Rally at
the perimeters of Area 51 to address the issue of the
government's illegal burning of toxic chemicals at Area
51, along with the issue of the government's failure to
erect a clearly marked fence at the perimeters, as well
as the government's failure to place the guard shack
right at the perimeter where it should belong.
But above all, my main
issue was the issue of the government's refusal to
compensate the former workers at
Area 51 for the
illnesses that they had contracted (when they came in
contact with toxic chemicals) while working on the
stealth program at Area 51.
the immediately results of the People's Rally was not
seen, the government finally (a few years ago) admitted
that there is an operating base at Groom Lake (click
And a year and a half ago, the government, through the
Department of Energy began the process of compensating
the former workers at Area 51.
This shows the importance of citizens' groups that
monitor the government's projects. Yes, I believe that
citizens' watchdog groups are needed to keep up with
oversight issues. There is an excellent organization
Federation of American Scientists
(FAS) in Washington made of citizens who are
concerned about all these issues.
As far as the Dulce controversy is concerned, yes, there
may be something there. The "underground base" story is
most likely a story, perhaps concocted by the
government's Black Projects programs.
I personally think that the government did experiment in
bovine diseases research in the mid 1970s in the Dulce
area as part of a biological warfare research.
In the History Channel's interview with Gabe Valdez, a
former New Mexico State Patrol officer clearly stated
that gas masks were found near the site of cattle
mutilations, in addition to his statement that
particular cows were marked (and tracked) in advance a
few days before the mutilations took place. This has
nothing to do with aliens.
I concur with his belief that the government staged a
series of "UFO-type" incidents in Dulce during the
height of its clandestine operations there.
#6 - Norio Hayakawa -
Although he was unsuccessful in locating it, Hayakawa claims that he
and the television crew were inexplicably detained by the police
chief while interviewing the citizens on the street about UFOs and
Now, almost 19 years later, Hayakawa and a few UFO enthusiasts from
New Mexico, California and Arizona, would like to clear these
unfounded rumors. They are planning to have a one-day public
conference in the town of Dulce next March.
It will be appropriately titled: "The Dulce Base: Fact or
Hayakawa likes to separate fact from fiction.
"There has not been any physical
evidence whatsoever that there is such a base in or near Dulce,"
Hayakawa asserted. "However, when it comes to UFOs, many of the
residents there are believers, since beginning around the
mid-1970s and lasting till the mid-1980s, the entire town of
Dulce was buzzed by frequent sightings of strange lights in the
This is fact, according to Hayakawa.
Another fact is that many ranchers in the nearby communities began
to report mysterious cattle mutilations and frequent sightings of
military helicopters during that time.
Some Dulce officials, concerned about these incidents, attended the
first Cattle Mutilations conference in Albuquerque in 1979,
including Raleigh Tafoya, who was the chief at the time. This also
is fact, not fiction.
Hayakawa believes that there could be prosaic explanations to both
the UFO sightings and cattle mutilations, although he still doesn't
have the answers.
It was during the mid-80s that wild stories of an underground alien
base surfaced - and still continue to this day - so much so that the
entire town of Dulce has almost become synonymous with the alleged
alien underground bio-lab. The fact that Dulce is located only 100
miles northwest of Los Alamos provided additional fuel for the
conspiracy buffs. According to Hayakawa, Los Alamos is the
leading-edge research laboratory on human genome/DNA research in the
But again, Hayakawa likes to remain skeptical when it comes to
Although throughout the years the residents of Dulce seem to have
taken all these strange rumors about their community with a grain of
salt, Hayakawa says that he would like to restore some sense of
normalcy to Dulce. This is the reason why he will host Dulce's first
public conference on the topic.
Hayakawa is intent on dispelling rumors, once and for all, that
there are such bases in or near Dulce.
Will the townsfolk of Dulce speak up at the conference? Will there
be some new revelations about Dulce?
"It will be fascinating," said
One of the speakers at the conference
will be Greg Bishop, author of a book entitled
PROJECT BETA. Bishop has thoroughly
investigated the claims of an Albuquerque scientist by the name of
Paul Bennewitz who was one of
the initial sources behind the rumors of underground bases at Dulce
and other U.S. locations.
The one-day conference, open to the public, will be held on Sunday,
March 29, 2009 at the Best Western Jicarilla Inn in Dulce.